Commentary

Michal Neuvirth rises as Caps advance

Rookie goalie's poise under pressure helps lead Washington to Round 2

Originally Published: April 25, 2011
By Tom Awad | Hockey Prospectus
Michal NeuvirthLen Redkoles/NHLI/Getty ImagesMichal Neuvirth has pushed the Caps into Round 2.

Each year the Conn Smythe trophy is awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Just as during the regular season with the Player Power Rankings, Hockey Prospectus will use its metric analysis to measure which postseason player is most deserving of the coveted award.

These rankings are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find more here.

As Round 1 nears its conclusion, goalies still dominate our top-10, though the names have changed quite a bit. Not all will survive to see the second round, but the keeper in the No. 2 slot has already kept his team's Stanley Cup hopes alive.